Methodology for a think tank: the future of military and veterans' health

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Palmer, Jane and Ellis, Niki. 2009. "Methodology for a think tank: the future of military and veterans' health." Foresight (Cambridge): the journal for future studies, strategic thinking and policy. 11 (3), pp. 14-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680910963918
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Methodology for a think tank: the future of military and veterans' health

ERA Journal ID40308
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPalmer, Jane (Author) and Ellis, Niki (Author)
Journal TitleForesight (Cambridge): the journal for future studies, strategic thinking and policy
Journal Citation11 (3), pp. 14-27
Number of Pages14
Year2009
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1463-6689
1465-9832
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680910963918
Abstract

Purpose
This paper argues that the adoption of a ‘critical futures’ approach to management and content of a Think Tank conducted by the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health, Australia, resulted in outcomes conducive to deep level change within the organisations and professional groups involved.

Design/methodology/approach
The Think Tank process focused on challenging mind-sets and entrenched systemic barriers at all organisational levels through:Engagement of leadership throughout the process; Broad-based workshops involving management, professional and operational levels;Use of Causal Layered Analysis to encourage critical thinking and ideas development and use of scenarios to imagine the future.

Findings
At the end of the Think Tank’s program, a new framework supporting health services delivery had been envisaged, its components described and the cultural and structural changes needed to make this happen had been identified.

Practical implications
The results of the Think Tank program will provide a basis for action to achieve a preferred future over the next two decades. Such action includes research, horizon scanning, adoption of new technologies, better information collection and management, and training and education programs, and most importantly attitudinal and cultural change.

Originality/value
The Think Tank worked alongside a military command control structure to maximise leverage for change, and to encourage critical and futures-oriented thinking at all organisational levels. The result has been a comprehensive and strategic vision of the future which went well beyond the outcomes envisaged at the beginning of the process. We are unaware of any other such futures projects which have been conducted in the military and veterans’ health sector.

Keywordscausal layered analysis, futures methodology, health futures, military and veterans health, health consumer, wellness, preventive health
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440706. Health policy
350505. Occupational and workplace health and safety
520402. Decision making
441004. Social change
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Technology Sydney
University of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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